Men’s basketball takes on NJIT Highlanders for Homecoming


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Jas Chung

Men’s basketball (12-17 overall, 6-6 ASUN) plays a big homecoming game against the NJIT Highlanders (13-14 overall, 6-6 ASUN) on Feb. 17.

This is the Ospreys’ final home game for the regular season. Before the game, Chase Driscoll and Osborn Blount will be recognized for Senior Night.

On Thursday night, North Florida took down the USC Upstate Spartans with a 109-100 win. Ivan Gandia-Rosa created a new school record with 18 assists.  Similarity to the first matchup, UNF scored over 60 points in the second half against USC Upstate’s defense. Wajid Aminu, who battled an ankle injury earlier in the season, scored a career-high 29 points.

Across town, the NJIT Highlanders played the Jacksonville University Dolphins in a close 71-69 victory at the Swisher Gym. Anthony Tarke led the team with 18 points and 7 rebounds.

In the previous meeting on Jan. 18, North Florida took a hard 91-59 loss on the road at the NJIT Wellness & Event Center. The Ospreys had a terrible start and were in the hole 58-30 in the first half. North Florida shot just over 37 percent from the field compared to a 53 percent from NJIT. Noah Horchler was the only Osprey to have a over 50 percent completion rate from the floor, and scored the a team-high 12 points.

There is now a four-way tie for third place in the ASUN Conference between UNF, NJIT, JU and Kennesaw State.

The homecoming game starts at 7 p.m. at the UNF Arena. For live play-by-play action, follow @SpinnakerSports on Twitter.

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